I'm yet another transplant from the US (actually Thai-American) moving to Hong Kong for work. I ended up getting a transfer to my company's Asian division headquartered in HK and will be traveling throughout Asia visiting and helping out with our Asian offices in trade show marketing. SUPER excited.
Anywho, my office is located in Wan Chai near the exhibition center so my first instinct is to live around there--maybe the Morrison? I'd like to get a 2 bedroom (for family and friends to visit) and max out around 18,000 HKG per month. I just wonder if I am missing out not trying a more expat known area like Mid-levels or Central which i know is way more expensive.
I'm also looking into areas like Sheung Wan which can still be in my price range. Things that are important to me are short commutes, newer living facilities (hopefully has a gym or near a nice gym), but at the same time one can change their mind when they arrive and may favor close proximity to nightlife, shops, and other attractions in place of being able to walk to work. I'm also not a big fan of hilly commutes even though I've been living in San Francisco for years :-/
BTW, great forums! I've been reading and learning so much making my move less frightening.